28 Aug 2019 - 29 Aug 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Brimming with character and history, Exeter is the perfect base for exploring Devon. As well as attractions like the Guildhall, Exeter Cathedral and more ancient churches than you can shake a stick at, Exeter also has a vibrant shopping district and a lively waterfront. Older travellers have always enjoyed a trip to Exeter, with its upmarket vibe and easy access to the countryside, but it's also a top choice for adventure sport enthusiasts and avid sightseers too.
Where to stay in Exeter
We want to help you find the best place to stay in Exeter, so we've highlighted some of our favourite areas in and around the city. You can find hotels in your favourite Exeter neighbourhood using our map search.
The centre of Exeter is the best place to stay if you want to be in the heart of the action. Nightlife seekers will love being a short stumble from the city's biggest hotspots like Timepiece, Cavern and Unit 1, while travellers without cars will appreciate being within easy walking distance of Exeter's biggest sights. The city centre is well connected by public transport, with trains and buses out of the city to destinations like Dartmoor National Park.
St Olaves Hotel and Treasury Restaurant – This boutique hotel is in a fantastic location. Guests love the tasty breakfasts and friendly service.
Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel – This modern hotel is bang-smack in the heart of Exeter's sightseeing district (and has pretty good Wi-Fi, too).
Exeter's small waterfront neighbourhood is lined with independent shops, bars and restaurants. Although there are no hotels on the Quayside (yet), it's within easy strolling distance if you book a room to the south of the city centre. Adrenaline addicts will enjoy popping into the neighbourhood's water sport shops for a spot of kayaking on the Exe, or trying their hand at climbing at Clip and Climb. There's also a bowling alley, perfect for family travellers. After working up an appetite, head back to the Quayside for dinner and drinks in some of Exeter's best beer gardens, with a view onto the water.
West Street Mews – This serviced apartment is the perfect self-catering base for exploring Exeter and its lively quayside.
Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel – This Georgian hotel is in a prime location, and has its own indoor swimming pool and gym.
Slightly out of the city centre, Exeter St David's train station has a small cluster of hotels around it. There are also some neighbourhood restaurants and cafés, as well as green spaces for those who enjoy getting out and grabbing some fresh air. This neighbourhood is ideal for those who prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle, but don't want to go too far from the main attractions – Exeter Cathedral is only a 15 minute walk away. This area is near the college and university, so hotels near Exeter St Davids are great if you're visiting a friend or family member who's studying at Exeter.
Great Western Hotel – This 2-star hotel is basic and comfortable, with business facilities and a cosy on-site bar and restaurant.
Premier Inn Exeter Central St Davids – This clean and comfortable hotel, with its distinctive purple branding, is an easygoing base between St David's and Exeter town centre.
Exeter Airport really isn't far from the city centre, so airport hotels are a budget-friendly option – especially if you decide to hire a car at Exeter Airport. There's are a couple of chain hotels and B&B's near the airport, just off the M5 (junction 29) so it's a good base for exploring the surrounding area. Hotels near the airport are best for those who have early morning flights to get up for, and for travellers who don't mind missing out on the city's nightlife.
Hampton by Hilton Exeter Airport – This 120-room hotel features contemporary decor and all the amenities you need for an easy break in Exeter. Hot breakfasts are included in the room rates.
Fair Oak House – Boutique B&B just 100m from the front door of Exeter Airport.
Few cities in England have the simple beauty of Exeter, not too big, not too small, made for the people and the dimensions of their life. Founded by the Romans under the name of Isca Dumnoniorum. It was, at the time (50 AD) the most western Roman fortress in Anglia. Today Exeter is a lively city, with nice restaurants and bars, few interesting museums and an incredible and marvelous Cathedral (don't miss the chance to see it).
EXETER is a lively city with a magnificent Cathedral, Castle, historic quayside area with artisan shops and cafes including Mol’s Coffee House. There are guided tours of the maze of the city’s Underground Passages and a wealth of bars, shops and restaurants. Other attractions include St Nicholas Priory and the Royal Albert Museum & Art Gallery. There are also some fabulous walks and cycle rides along the banks of the river, including one from Exeter to the coast at Exmouth. Cycles, Canoes & Kayaks can be hired from Exeter Quay.
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